Wake’s Sidel Earns Player of Week
ATLANTA – After helping Wake Forest remain undefeated with a Top 20 victory, Demon Deacon sophomore attackman Nate Sidel is the MCLA Division II Warrior Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 19.
Wake Forest ran up against No. 17 Florida Atlantic on Saturday morning and thanks to five goals and two assists from the Lexington, Mass., product, the Demon Deacons pulled out the victory.
Wake trailed by four goals heading into the fourth quarter, but Sidel scored two of his five in the final frame.
“Nate stepped up big time and helped cap off our comeback by scoring the tying goal with less than 2:30 left in the game and assisted attackman Luke Valentino less than a minute later for the game-winner,” said Wake Forest coach Brett Hewitt.
The Union (N.Y.) College transfer also chipped in with three ground balls.
“Nate was a virtuoso this weekend on the field, contributing everywhere on the offensive end from ground balls to riding and of course putting the ball in the back of the net,” added Hewitt.
“From when he first stepped onto the practice field, you could see that the offense runs differently with Nate on the field. He can be extremely dangerous attacking both sides of the cage from behind, and finishing with behind-the-back highlight-reel plays. He plays with his head up and is able to dish out the assist when the slide comes.”
For his efforts earning the Warrior Player of the Week, Sidel will receive a Warrior EVO QX-O – a $100 value – for his efforts. Warrior is a proud sponsor of the MCLA.
Warrior Honor Roll
Tycen Biggs, Soph. – Utah State
In a split weekend, the LSM from Idaho Falls had eight caused turnovers, nine ground balls and a goal for the Aggies.
Anthony Guarino, Sr. – Rhode Island
The attackman from Medford, N.Y., amassed 18 goals and four helpers in the Rams 4-0 adventure to Alabama.
Andrew Mallard, Soph. – Georgia Southern
The Dacula, Ga., FOGO went 15-for-17 at the dot while chipping in with a goal, an assist and 11 ground balls in a win over Elon.
Tyler Matthiesen, Soph. – Coastal Carolina
In a 4-0 weekend at the Battle by the Bay, the Baltimore attackman combined for eight goals and 10 dimes.
Vaughn Mauer, Sr. – North Florida
The Osprey rolled to a 3-0 weekend at the Battle by the Bay aided by a combined 14 goals and an assist from the Lake Mary, Fla., attackman.
Max Osketski, Fr. – San Jose State
In his first collegiate game, the Newcastle, Calif., native buried six goals while also gobbling up three ground balls in a win over Humboldt.
Dylan Reed, Jr. – Appalachian State
The Winston-Salem, N.C., defensive middie had 11 ground balls and a pair of goals in a split weekend for the Mountaineers.